phrag-, phragm-, phragmo-, phrax-, -phraxis +
(Greek: fence, wall off, stop up; obstruction)
2. A muscular membranous partition separating the abdominal and thoracic cavities and functioning in respiration; midriff.
The diaphragm is the main muscle of respiration. Contraction of the diaphragm muscle expands the lungs during inspiration when one is breathing air in.
We rely heavily on the diaphragm for our respiratory function so that when the it is impaired, it can compromise our breathing.3. A membranous part that divides or separates.
4. A thin disk, especially in a microphone or telephone receiver, which vibrates in response to sound waves to produce electric signals, or that vibrates in response to electric signals to produce sound waves.
5. A contraceptive device consisting of a thin flexible disk, usually made of rubber, that is designed to cover the uterine cervix to prevent the entry of sperm during sexual intercourse.
6. A disk having a fixed or variable opening used to restrict the amount of light traversing a lens or optical system.
This condition is treated as a surgical emergency due to interference with the infant's breathing. Smaller, less serious diaphragmatic hernias may also be seen in adults.
2. In botany, a membrane enclosing the capsule in certain mosses.
2. Occlusion of a vein by a blood clot.